Free skills training offered to mid and North Essex residents to help them into work

Tuesday, 28 June, 2022

Three free programmes giving Essex residents skills to help them into jobs have been launched.

Courses in basic IT skills, advanced cyber skills, and employment support, are on offer to people living in the mid and North of the county.

The North Essex Economic Board is fully-funding the schemes as part of its drive to support residents and businesses in the ongoing recovery from Covid-19.

Councillor Lesley Wagland OBE, Chair of the North Essex Economic Board, said getting the skills mix right was so important for the area.

“The Board has already put in place fully-funded business support, but we recognise how important it is for our residents to find jobs – and for companies to be able to recruit people with the right skills,” Councillor Wagland said.

“While there is a lot of work going on to ensure that skills balance is right long-term, these three programmes are more immediate ways for people to get the right training, and support, into work.”

Tech Talent, delivered by the Tech Talent Academy, is a course to upskill and re-train people who are unemployed or looking for their next challenge, and focuses on cloud computing, software development, data science and cyber security.

Meanwhile Essential IT skills, delivered by We Are Digital, provides remote training for residents who require help with basic computer skills, from getting online to online banking – and also includes provision of a tablet and data connection to get people online.

The final course funded by the North Essex Economic Board is employment support, delivered by Shaw Trust, which helps people into the right path with tailored training and bespoke support, including coaching, mentoring and mental health.

The North Essex Economic Board is a partnership of Braintree, Maldon, Tendring and Uttlesford district, Colchester Borough, Chelmsford City and Essex County councils – and residents from these areas can take up places on the programmes.

To find out more about the courses and offer, and to sign up – or refer someone else – visit the North Essex Economic Board web page.

The North Essex Economic Board was highly commended in the Government Opportunities (GO) UK National Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2022, recognised by the panel in the Covid-19 Response and Recovery Award (Local Government) category for its work in procuring business and skills support programmes to help recovery from the pandemic.

Last updated on: 28/06/2022 - 15:44